By Lindsay Toler
By Chad Garrison
By Brett Koshkin
By RFT Staff
By Lindsay Toler
By Riverfront Times
By Danny Wicentowski
By Pete Kotz
Directed by: Iain Softley
Written by: Ehren Kruger
What it's about:A young woman (Hudson, natch) moves into an old Louisiana house to take care of an elderly, paralyzed man (Hurt). But there's voodoo curses in them thar woods.
Why it will be fabulous: It's from the writer of The Ring and the director of The Wings of the Dove. Why it will be dreadful: Of course, that same writer and director brought us The Ring Twoand K-PAX, respectively.
Directed by:Steve Boyum
Written by:Ken Solarz
What it's about:Supercross racing, duh. Two brothers (Howey and Vogel) race their way through the supercross circuit and, most likely, fall off their bikes a lot and fall in love with the myriad young hotties cast in this looks-like-it-was-made-in-1988 feature, which also stars pop "singer" Carter and Robert Carradine. (See, it wasmade in 1988.)
Why it will be fabulous:Who doesn't like to see sitcom stars in racing movies going around and around a dirt track?
Why it will be dreadful:Okay, you can put your hands down now.
Directed by:David Mackenzie
Written by:Patrick Marber
What it's about:Stella Raphael (Richardson) is married to Max (Bonneville), a psychiatrist at an asylum for the criminally insane. She becomes infatuated with Edgar Stark (Csokas), a sculptor who mutilated and then murdered his wife -- so of course Stella and Edgar wind up having an affair after he starts working in the couple's asylum-grounds garden. Eventually Edgar escapes to London, Stella follows him, and the poor lad goes bonkers all over again.
Why it will be fabulous: It's based on Patrick McGrath's best-selling novel, which is chilling, and was penned by Marber, whose Closerranks a close second when it comes to curdling the blood.
Why it will be dreadful:Bet you twenty quid it's a bummer. With an English accent, to boot.
THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN
Directed by:Judd Apatow
Written by:Apatow and Carell
What it's about:Pretty much what it sounds like: Andy Stitzer (Carell) is an action-figure-collecting geek content to play with plastic people till his co-workers set out to get him laid. Turns out the woman he winds up with is Trish (Keener), who has grandkids herself and isn't terribly interested in sex, which is fine with Andy.
Why it will be fabulous:Carell, late of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, is carving out a nice niche as the discomfiting dweeb with turns in Anchormanand NBC's The Office. And having Apatow on board ain't bad either: He worked on The Larry Sanders Showand Freaks and Geeks and created Undeclared -- a brilliant hat trick, in all. And it's R-rated, which is comedy gold.
Why it will be dreadful:Carell's range is A to A, which might be somewhat, uh, limiting. And you can see the punch line coming from three months away, can't you?
RED EYEStarring: Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy
Directed by: Wes Craven
Written by: Ex-Xena and Buffy scribe Carl Ellsworth
What it's about: An airplane passenger with a fear of flying (McAdams) is blackmailed by her seatmate (Murphy) into becoming his accomplice in a murder plot. She has until the plane lands to try to stop him without endangering her fellow passengers or her father, who's held hostage by Murphy's allies.
Why it will be fabulous: Carl Ellsworth writes well about smart, butt-kicking chicks.
Why it will be dreadful: It already was dreadful back when it was called Turbulence and starred Lauren Holly.
Written and directed by:John Turturro
What it's about: Believe it or not, it's a musical. A "savage" one. The plot involves Gandolfini's character, who goes by the name of Murder, having to choose between his wife (Sarandon) and his mistress (Winslet).
Why it will be fabulous: It's just insane enough to work.
Why it will be dreadful: Love those actors, but can they sing?
Directed by:Gary Chapman
Written by: Jordan Katz
What it's about: British CG-animated feature about carrier pigeons in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
Why it will be dreadful: Even if it's not a visual masterpiece, all those voice talents can't go wrong at once...can they?
ZU WARRIORSStarring: Sammo Hung and Zhang Ziyi
Directed by: Tsui Hark
Written by: Choi Lee Man and Tsui Hark
What it's about: Yet another highly acclaimed Hong Kong action epic that Miramax has been holding onto for years. It's the sequel to 1983's Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain, but don't sweat it if you never saw that one -- the plot's a minor detail. Something about a mystical realm and forces of good and evil, with lots of fights choreographed by the master, Yuen Wo Ping.